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Volume 26, Number 6 — June 2018

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Katy Brown’s “Steel Magnolias” is switch-blade sharp

“Steel Magnolias” is one of those plays that could very easily lapse into dull, rusty, maudlin and trash-heap-ready scrap iron but under the masterful direction of Barter Theatre’s Katy Brown and superb acting by a beautifully alloyed cast it is switch-blade fast and rapier sharp.

Theatre of Bristol presents 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'

BRISTOL, Tenn. — On Monday evening in downtown Bristol, a homemade car rested backstage at the Paramount, in wait of its passengers.

Any Way You Habit, ‘Sister Act’ is Nun Fun

When Deloris Van Cartier, a very so-so disco singer, witnesses a local mob boss administering “lead poisoning” to a snitch she suddenly finds herself in the greatest demand of her career: as a witness for a local cop who’s been trying to ice said mob boss for years and by said mob boss who wishes to gift Deloris with a couple of 45 caliber slugs of basic element Pb.

As it celebrates anniversary, Barter Theatre continues to drive Abingdon’s tourism economy

ABINGDON, VA. " Rick Rose bolts into the Barter Theatre with a boisterous laugh.

Bristol Music Club Announces Winners of the 2018 Scholarship Auditions

The Bristol Music Club held its annual Scholarship Auditions Saturday, May 5.

Pieces of the Past: Historic Mighty Wurlitzer graces theater’s stage

Only two organs have ever graced the stage of the historic Paramount Center for the Arts on State Street since it opened in February 1931.

‘The Lemonade Stand’ is a tangy, sweet surprise

Sometimes when you least expect it, lemons, almost by some kind of magic, turn into lemonade. That’s exactly what’s happened with the Barter Theatre’s Stage II production of “The Lemonade Stand.” But then again, one expects nothing less than theatric sorcery from those professionals

The Gatlin Brothers to play at The Paramount

Brothers Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin first sang together in church back home in Texas.

Digital photography exhibit on display at Meadowview, Va.’s Harvest Table

MEADOWVIEW, Va. — Ellen Martin shoots it old school.

Hills of Home Festival keeps Stanley Brothers legacy, family tradition alive

COEBURN, Va. — “This is where Ralph and Carter played when they were little boys,” Jimmie Stanley said.

The importance of art, even in politics, from the view of a political scientist

I fell in love with political science while in community college, studying the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the impact of Nat Turner’s Insurrection and the history of the Old South.

E&H art students use life experiences to form abstract creations

ABINGDON, Va. — Devin R. Mitchell offers a world of whimsy in his art.

ETSU bluegrass student Lincoln Hensley performs at Grand Ole Opry

East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies major Lincoln Hensley got the chance of a lifetime.

Bristol Ballet set to begin “Alice in Wonderland”

BRISTOL, Va. — Straight as a preacher’s word, Michele Plescia sat behind her desk upstairs in the building that houses Bristol Ballet.

Virginia natives are the ‘backbone’ of Christian act Tenth Avenue North

Jason Jamison took up drumming while in the eighth grade.


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